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Old 10-15-2010, 02:15 AM   #1
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Performance?

I don't wanna get flamed here, but I was reading a post someone put on about getting a spoiler for his sedan. Some members said he should work on performance enhancements first, then cosmetic stuff.

I didn't get my Yaris for performance. I bought it because it was 1)Toyota 2)stylish even with stock everything 3)got awesome gas mileage.

My only concern after I got the car WAS cosmetic stuff. I had/have no desire for performance features. I don't plan to show it, race it, or mod it to hell to get stuff out of what amounts to a subcompact economy car.

Now, performance can mean different things to different people. Maybe I'm not clear on what "performance" means here. When I think of performance, I think of turbo, more horsepower, and things that have to do with racing.

Just my thoughts, but I bought my car to get decent gas mileage and look a little "sporty". God knows I needed it, as I had an Avalon for 9 years prior.

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Old 10-15-2010, 02:58 AM   #2
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Performance is swapping an LS1 into a go-kart.
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:06 PM   #3
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Performance is swapping an LS1 into a go-kart.
or just having LS1 in any car :D
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:40 PM   #4
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Performance is swapping an LS1 into a go-kart.
Surely there's a YouTube out there with this setup...

This is close! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1Jq__FLG3A
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:23 PM   #5
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Gixxer cart, babe!

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Old 10-15-2010, 05:13 PM   #6
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^ There it is! I love it!
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:23 PM   #7
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chrisj,

"performance" probably does mean different things to different people. It's just one of those words.

For me, it's a word about function (as oppposed to looks or aeshetics) .It means something you do to improve the original function of that particular system in a car.

It could be audio, it could be suspension, brakes, power, tires, etc etc. That's just what it means to me.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:26 PM   #8
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^ Yeah, I get it. Handling modifications like sway bars and springs would count too. I just see so much here about boost this and turbo that. Just all seems like the Yaris on steroids! :)
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:28 AM   #9
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Every once in awhile a proper "performance" car shows up, one that goes well without frying tires, corners well without an excessively rough ride, and stops well every time. One can increase performance in all these categories, and, if done right, will not decrease the overall tractability of the vehicle, or overstress it.

I see the Miatas as performance cars, as purchased. Any additions are cosmetic, and in my mind, seldom enhance what that car is. Sure, the Yaris may use a bit more oomph, or interior changes, but basically it is a very good car for the money, mostly because it strangles every drop of performance out of every drop of fuel.

I bought my Yaris (1) because it was a Toyota, reliability was extremely important, (2) for fuel economy, the price of fuel ain't going down anytime soon, and (3) because it was offered in a bare-bones package, no air, no automatic, minimal radio/BS. It was/is just a car. For the last 3 years, it has done its job virtually without flaw.

It goes well enough, corners just fine, and stops just fine. It does what I want it to do. Do I want my Mustangs back? No, I'm past that now. Do I want my pigups back? Don't need them anymore. Am I keeping my 245? We are expecting a bad winter, so the 245 is mandatory if I am to get anywhere.

Really, if the Yaris was better in the snow, I MIGHT consider dropping the 245. However...
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:14 AM   #10
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I've not been through a winter with mine yet. :/
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